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Is potassium a vitamin?

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Is potassium a vitamin?

Potassium is not a vitamin, but a vital mineral. It is important for the acid-base balance, the transmission of nerve impulses, heart function, the regulation of blood pressure and muscle contractions.

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What disease causes potassium deficiency?

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What disease causes potassium deficiency?

In hypokalemia, the potassium level in the human blood is too low. A low potassium level can have many different causes and is also individual from person to person.

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Can a potassium deficiency trigger atrial fibrillation?

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Can a potassium deficiency trigger atrial fibrillation?

A disturbance of the salt balance in combination with a potassium deficiency can trigger atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. To correct this quickly, potassium and magnesium should be supplied. The easiest way to do this is by supplementing food supplements.

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How important is potassium for the body?

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How important is potassium for the body?

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends a daily intake of about 4000 milligrams of potassium for an adult. Children up to the age of 10 need half the amount of an adult, i.e. the requirement is approx. 2000 milligrams. For breastfeeding women, the recommended amount of potassium is about 4400 milligrams, since they have to provide for their child through their mother's milk.

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What causes a potassium deficiency?

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What causes a potassium deficiency?

A deficiency of potassium can be caused by many different factors. A potassium deficiency is also called hypokalemia. This is a very low level of potassium in the blood. Common causes of potassium deficiency are diseases of the adrenal glands or medications such as diuretics. Vomiting, diarrhea or intestinal disorders can also cause a deficiency.

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